Recent Deaths on Railroads Lead to Questions in Southern Missouri
Posted on July 2nd, 2012 by Zane Cagle
Two recent tragedies call into question safety precautions made by railroad facilities. A 15 year-old Wentzville teen was killed Sunday as he walked on the train tracks by Main Street. According to sources, the teen had on ear buds and apparently did not hear the train horn.
In a very similar tragedy, a 14 year-old teen was fatally struck slightly over a month ago by a train operated by a different carrier. He was walking home and was struck near Leffingwell Aveune in St. Louis, Missouri.
According to a railroad spokesman, it is “both illegal and obviously dangerous to walk on a railroad track. It’s private property and trespassing to be on the tracks”. According to sources, the Wentzville young man was walking to a local flea market where he like to buy Hot Wheels for his collection.
I will be researching both of these tragedies to determine the exact locations of both of these tragedies. Railroads are required by law to have flashing lights and crossing levers over intersections. Flashing lights and arm levers are designed for safety to enable travelers who are hearing impaired.
Tragedies of the nature described above are senseless and horrific to parents and loved ones. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to negligence of another, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to find out your rights. Since both teens were young, many would assume a personal injury case is not a possibility as neither was supporting family members or left dependents. But each individual is different and the merits of a claim are not always decided on income or dependents.
Railroad accidents are almost always serious in nature if not fatal. A prompt, thorough investigation needs to occur in each of the above listed accidents in order to determine all of the factors involved including investigating that the railroad companies did everything they had the power to do to avoid such a tragedy. Contacting a personal injury attorney often insures that a thorough investigation will be conducted including a regulations review of the railroad company.
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